Proverbs 18
Wisdom Gives Life
1An unfriendly person isolates himself
and seems to care only about his own issues.
For his contempt of sound judgment makes him a recluse.
2Senseless people find no pleasure in acquiring true wisdom,
for all they want to do is impress you with what they know.
3An ungodly man is always cloaked with disgrace,
as dishonor and shame are his companions.
4Words of wisdom are like a fresh, flowing brook—
like deep waters that spring forth from within,
bubbling up inside the one with understanding.
5It is atrocious when judges show favor to the guilty
and deprive the innocent of justice.
6A senseless man jumps headfirst into an argument;
he’s just asking for a beating for his reckless words.
7A fool has a big mouth that only gets him into trouble,
and he’ll pay the price for what he says.
8The words of a gossip merely reveal the wounds of his own soul,
and his slander penetrates into the innermost being.
9The one who is too lazy to look for work
is the same one who wastes his life away.
10The character of God is a tower of strength,
for the lovers of God delight to run into his heart
and be exalted on high.
11The rich, in their conceit, imagine that their wealth
is enough to protect them.
It becomes their confidence in a day of trouble.
12A man’s heart is the proudest when his downfall is nearest,
for he won’t see glory until the Lord sees humility.
13Listen before you speak,
for to speak before you’ve heard the facts will bring humiliation.
14The will to live sustains you when you’re sick,
but depression crushes courage and leaves you unable to cope.
15The spiritually hungry are always ready to learn more,
for their hearts are eager to discover new truths.
16Would you like to meet a very important person?
Take a generous gift.
It will do wonders to gain entrance into his presence.
17There are two sides to every story.
The first one to speak sounds true until you hear the other side
and they set the record straight.
18A coin toss resolves a dispute
and can put an argument to rest
between formidable opponents.
19It is easier to conquer a strong city
than to win back a friend whom you’ve offended.
Their walls go up, making it nearly impossible to win them back.
20Sharing words of wisdom is satisfying to your inner being.
It encourages you to know
that you’ve changed someone else’s life.
21Your words are so powerful
that they will kill or give life,
and the talkative person will reap the consequences.
22When a man finds a wife,
he has found a treasure!
For she is the gift of God to bring him joy and pleasure.
But the one who divorces a good woman
loses what is good from his house.
To choose an adulteress is both stupid and ungodly.
23The poor plead for help from the rich,
but all they get in return is a harsh response.
24Some friendships don’t last for long,
but there is one loving friend who is joined to your heart
closer than any other!

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